How to get to Rod Laver Arena

For the thousands of travellers pouring through Melbourne Airport for the Australian Open, the SkyBus Melbourne City Express is the gateway to the action at Rod Laver Arena and the Melbourne Park precinct!

With departures every 10 minutes in peak times and no need to book in advance, our iconic red double decker buses  convey travellers seamlessly to Southern Cross Station, a major interchange in the heart of Melbourne. 

So, how to get to Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open from Southern Cross Station? 

Upon arrival, tourists can easily connect to Melbourne's extensive public transport network, including metro and regional trains, plus the Free Tram Zone. 

Note, you’ll need to have a valid Myki pass to travel on public transport in Melbourne, including once you leave the Free Tram Zone. These cannot be used on SkyBus, but can be purchased at machines inside the airport and around Southern Cross Station.

How to get to Rod Laver Arena by Train

You can catch a train from Southern Cross Station to Richmond Station, accessible via the Lilydale, Belgrave, Frankston or Glen Waverly train lines.  From Richmond Station, it's a short walk to Melbourne Park and Rod Laver Arena – there's a lot of foot traffic around match time, so it will be easy to follow the crowds!

How to get to Rod Laver Arena by Tram

Catch a train to Flinders Street Station from Southern Cross – the most direct way is from platform 12 or 13 on the Williamstown, Werribee or Craigieburn lines.  Then, exit at Flinders Street and take the number 70 tram  to Stop 7B-Rod Laver Arena/MCG Gates 1-3  (Melbourne City)  Park. Then it’s just a short walk to your designated entrance! 

If you’ve got the energy, you can skip the train altogether and simply walk 500m to the corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street to catch the 70 tram. 

And you’ve arrived! Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen – it's no fun spectating if you’re sunburnt!

Ready to join the action at Rod Laver Arena? Catch SkyBus Melbourne City Express direct from the airport to Southern Cross Station in the heart of the city.

Image: Courtesy Aaron Francis via Visit Victoria.

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